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The Tuscan Child is set in WWII Italy and the 1970’s. While the story goes back and forth between the two eras’ there is no confusion as to what is happening.
WWII is told from a pilot, Hugo, whose plane has been shot down and he has landed in enemy territory where he is hidden in a monastery that had been destroyed by bombs and taken care of by a local woman whose husband is off fighting in the war. The 1970’s centers around the pilot’s daughter, Joanna, who is searching for the beautiful boy who is mentioned in a letter she finds after her father’s death. The beautiful boy is assumed to be the pilot and the woman’s son so she is looking for her brother.
Rhys Bowen is a talented author. She describes the scenery, the food, and the local is such detail that I could easily picture the story as I was reading. I could smell the wonderful dishes the Italian woman, Paola, makes. I could hear the men at the restaurant telling their tales. I was picturing the monastery where Hugo stayed, the mountains surrounding the town, and washed out mud roads that had to be travelled to get around.
The Tuscan Child is amazing. I fell into the story, got to know the characters, and loved every minute of my time reading. I recommend picking up your own copy.
What a suprise this book was!
It's About an English girl who's father dies and while cleaning out
his house, she finds a returned letter to an Italian woman in a
small town in Tuscany he fell in love with during the war while
hiding out after his plane had crashed and he was wounded.
She goes there to find out any information she can about that
time and maybe just heal at the same time.
Very well written and handles switching between 1973 and
1944 very well. Loved the culture and the description of the
scenery and the food...the food had me drooling!
Loved all the characters.especially the Italian lady who
rents the room to the main character..she was my favorite!